Stars Align 星合の空

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of public transit use and urban design, as well as discussion of place identity and culture, through anime currently broadcast or screening in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. This review also documents seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting), which are pop culture tourism and place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (updated post) to the Tamagawa Green Space Barbeque Area in Seta, Takatsu Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture for Hoshiai no Sora Episode 7.

@Surwill published a Street View tour of locations in Kyoto and Kanazawa for Hōkago Saikoro Club.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Kōfu and Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yurucamp.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for One Room.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Narihira, Sumida Ward; Shibuya ekimae in Shibuya Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Grisaia no Kajitsu.